It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It really is and if I’m being completely honest, I have been singing Christmas carols since Hallowe’en and my Christmas decorations have all been put up! Next up, wrapping presents!
There are so many things to look forward to during the holidays. Celebrating the birth of Jesus, sipping hot chocolate, snow, Christmas carols, family togetherness, gift giving, the smell of pumpkin and peppermint, visiting Santa, watching Christmas classics, and reading Christmas stories. It truly is magical and there are so many things to look forward to every year and especially now that we have kids, there is that extra bit of cheer floating around!
Holiday traditions are the best! They make the holidays even more exciting and allow you to experience special moments with your family. Now, with the birth of our second child and a toddler who is pretty excited about Christmas this year, it is the perfect time to start new traditions and continue with old ones.
Here are 7 Traditions To Start With Your Family This Holiday Season
Santa Claus Parade – I can almost guarantee you that every small town and big city will have some sort of holiday parade. Our city has a Nighttime Santa Claus Parade and it is magical. They do such a great job! We have been taking Isla since she was a baby and every year she gets more excited to go! If you are in the Kingston area, check it out this Saturday, November 19th starting at 5pm on Princess Street.
Visit Santa – Find a mall or a store and take your kids to see Santa. Isla is already stating that she will not be “sitting on Santa’s lap.” This may change but for now she just wants to look at him and have me sit on his lap instead. Once again, if you are in our beautiful city of Kingston, you can visit Santa in Springer Market Square every Saturday starting December 3rd up until Christmas Eve from 11am – 2pm.
Give Back – Every year we pick someone or something to give back to. We either go shopping and pick out toys for the Toy Drive, donate food or give a snowsuit to the Clothes for Kids Campaign. It is so important to realize that there are children and families that hardly have anything, especially around Christmas and it is never too early to start instilling those giving values in your children.
Christmas Lights – Pack up some thermoses of hot cocoa, throw on the Christmas music, explore your town and search for some gorgeously decorated homes. Last year we did this with Isla and she loved it! We visited about 10 homes and had so much fun looking at all of the beautiful lights. We will be doing it again this year with a baby in tow!
Decorate Your Christmas Tree – Whether you search in the bush for the perfect tree, buy from a store or put one up out of a box, it still needs to get decorated. Give your children their own ornaments to decorate with, sing Christmas carols and spend the night in putting the final touches on your perfect tree. Bonus points if you can leave all of the ornaments exactly where your toddler put them!
Christmas Pyjamas – Every year, Isla gets a new pair of Christmas pyjamas. This year her brother will get the same. Instead of giving them out a few days before Christmas, I am going to surprise them on December 1st with their holidays pjs and each of them with a new Christmas book so we can enjoy them all month long.
Bake Christmas Cookies – This is the perfect opportunity to get your little ones in the kitchen. They can help with the icing and sprinkles! Get yourself some plastic bags, walk around the neighbourhood and surprise people with a few sweet treats!
What are your holiday traditions? Comment below with your favourites!